Samsung announces 4 new fitness apps on its Smart TVs

Mike Wheatley

Most of us can be forgiven for becoming lazier in recent weeks, as the coronavirus lockdown inevitably encourages us to spend more time sat in front of the television.


But a couch potato's lifestyle isn’t exactly the healthiest either, and that explains why Samsung, which makes a lot of TVs, wants to help us stay more active.

To do so, it’s providing free access to four new health and wellness applications on its Smart TVs, in partnership with some of the world’s leading fitness brands. They include apps from Calm, Echelon, Fitplan and Jillian Michaels Fitness.

Samsung said the apps will all become a part of Samsung Health, a comprehensive fitness platform for its TVs that was announced during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. They’ll be joined in the program by two existing fitness apps from barre and 3obé Fitness, which were already available on Samsung TVs.

The plan was for the four new apps to be launched later in the year, but with most of us spending too much time at home these days, Samsung has brought forward the release, giving its TV owners access to more than 5,000 hours of free wellness content immediately.

The apps contain more than 250 instructive videos, including guided meditations and barre classes, and celebrity-led training sessions.

Availability of the apps depends on the Samsung Smart TV model. The Fitplan and Calm apps are only available on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models and later, while the Echeleon Fitpass and Jillian Michaels Fitness are also compatible 2018 models, the company said.

The apps will all be fully integrated with Samsung Health when it launches this summer alongside the company’s summer TVs, and there will also be more, as yet unnamed, fitness and wellness apps.

Samsung says the service will eventually offer all kinds of alternatives to traditional exercise options such as the gym. It’s hope is that Samsung Health will become a part of your daily routine for years to come, so what better time to start than now, when most of us have nothing to do?